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Street trading policy

Read our street trading policy which came into force on 1 April 2016 and was updated in September 2018.

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What are street trading regulations?

Street trading regulations aim to ensure the safety of trading on the streets – both one-off traders and special events, such as Lichfield Food Festival and the Lichfield Festival Market. Street trading consents can apply to both public land and private land (provided the landowner gives permission for the land to be used for an event).

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How do they make trading safer?

They open up positive communication between our expert environmental health team and street traders/events organisers. This dialogue can lead to the input of all relevant agencies to ensure events run safely and smoothly – from police and fire through to highways and more.

On a practical level, as part of applying for consent, traders must provide information about their public liability insurance, food safety certificates and more, so we can be sure that each business selling on the street has public safety at the heart of all they do. In addition, once given consent, checks are carried out by our environmental health team to ensure traders are operating safely.

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Where does street trading apply?

All streets in the district are consented (apart from the A38), so street trading applies on all streets. This also applies to publicly used privately owned streets (for example Lichfield Cathedral Close, Minster Pool Walk and Bakers Lane in Three Spires Shopping). If someone wants to trade on privately owned land, they will first need to get the landowners consent.

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What is a prohibited street?

Prohibited streets are where trading is not permitted. The only street in the district where street trading is prohibited is the A38.

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Are parks and churchyards affected?

No, parks such as Beacon Park, are not a street as such so they are not affected by street trading legislation. Churchyards are also not considered streets.

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What are the benefits of street trading consent?

  • We help to ensure the safety of events.
  • All traders are checked and signed off.
  • Organisers get access to environmental health professionals to ensure events are run safely – right from the start of the event planning process.
  • The risk on event organisers is lessened and they are more protected.
  • Lichfield District maintains its reputation as a safe place to visit.
  • Environmental health officers can advice on safe stall layouts.
  • Environmental health offers will attend events to ensure they are being run safely.
  • We, and the event organiser can prove that the event has been well planned and managed in case of an incident.
  • Enforcement powers can be used to eradicate unsafe practice.
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Trading on private streets

There are a number of privately owned publicly used streets in the district. These include Bakers Lane in Three Spires Shopping Centre, Minster Pool Walk and the Lichfield Cathedral Close. In order to trade on these streets you will first need to get the landowner's permission, and then apply for a street trading license.

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About market charters & street trading

Market charters override street trading legislation, so where one exists, street trading does not apply. Market charters are usually quite specific to day, time, location and radius. If a market charter does not exist, a street trading licence will be required before street trading is permitted.

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How much does a street trading licence cost?

A charge is applied per stall for each licence and stall holders have to fill out a street trading licence application form. The government states that local councils can only charge what it costs to administrate the street trading licenses. The street trading license fees are:

Street trading consent fees

Type of street trading consent


Annual consent- for traders that trade every day

£1,881 (equivalent to £7.53 a day)

Temporary consent (for one off trading)

£43 a day

Extra days £22 a day - provided they are within the same financial year as the first booked day, and are booked at the same time.

 Special event consent

£33* a day

Extra days £15* a day - provided they are for the same event and booked at the same time.

*The council currently fully subsidises special event street trading consent fees. From January 2019, it will be £33 a day and £13 for any extra days as long as they are for the same event and booked at the same time. Of this, the council will subsidise the first day's charge and it will cost £21 after the subsidy.

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Can I apply for a special event subsidy?

To benefit from subsidised street trading licence fees, the overall event organisers must formally request a subsidy from us well in advance of the event via our special events organisers' application form.

To qualify, the event/organisers must also be able to meet the following criteria:

  • The event must have a minimum of ten stalls.
  • The event organiser must be able to demonstrate the event will deliver economic benefits to the district.
  • Event organisers must have public liability insurance of at least £5 million per claim to cover the event.
  • The event organiser must provide a draft event management plan at least six months before the first day of the event.
  • The event organiser must submit their completed event management plan to us at least one month before the event - this includes:
    • risk assessments
    • insurance details
    • traffic management
    • stewarding provisions
    • emergency procedures
    • fire safety
    • additional street cleansing
    • plan and stall layout, etc.
  • A safety advisory group may be set up for larger events (if deemed necessary by us) and the event organiser must attend these meetings and take responsibility for agreed actions where necessary.
  • Event organisers must agree that they will promote the event and outline/agree the marketing they will deliver up front.
  • Where applicable, event organisers must provide a copy of the previous years’ accounts - as advised by the district council.
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How to apply for street trading consent

It’s a simple process. All traders have to do is fill in the street trading application form online and provide their relevant certificates, stall details, and pay a fee (unless the event is recognised as a special event and the fee is subsidised). These are then checked and the trader is emailed the consent to display on their stall.

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